2017 HMS Gibraltar British Royal Navy - Gibraltar stamps
- Stephen Perera
- John Batchelor MBE
- Cartor Security Printers
- Offset Lithography
- 43.5 x 28mm
- 22p, 54p, 64p, 70p, 80p, £1, £3
Seven different ships from the British Royal Navy have been named after Gibraltar “HMS Gibraltar”. The set of seven stamps shows:
22p - HMS Gibraltar was an Edgar-class cruiser launched in 1892, made into a depot ship in 1912, and sold 1923.
54p - HMS Gibraltar was a 101-gun screw first-rate launched in 1860, on loan as a training ship in 1872, renamed Grampian in 1889, and sold 1899.
64p - HMS Gibraltar was the 80-gun Fénix captured at the battle of Cape St. Vincent in 1780, used as a powder hulkin 1813 and broken up in 1836.
70p - HMS Gibraltar was an American 14-gun brig captured in 1779, then in turn captured by the Spanish in 1781 and renamed Salvador, then recaptured by HMS Anson in 1800.
80p - HMS Gibraltar was to have been a 45,000 ton aircraft carrier, ordered from Vickers Armstrong on 15 September 1943, but cancelled in October 1945.
£1 - HMS Gibraltar was a 20-gun sixth-rate built in 1711, rebuilt 1727, and sold 1748. It was the first command of John Byng, who was afterwards to be court-martial and executed in the opening stages of the Seven Years’ War.
£3 - HMS Gibraltar was a 20-gun sixth-rate in service from 1754 to 1773.